CHA-CHING: Lottery Wants To Expand To Bars, Again

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Despite a failed experiment to bring gambling machines to convenience stores and bars several years ago, Lottery officials say, they want to try it again.    

Six years ago, Iowa lawmakers took a chance on gambling at places outside of the norm. The Touchplay experiment ended just a year later with a ban and multiple lawsuits.

Now the lottery wants to give it another go.

They say it will be a good way to generate money for the state.

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich says the state will likely take in $60-million in gambling revenue next year, and that number would only go up if they added new games and expanded into bars and big box stores.

Rich says the expansion could help businesses in small towns hit hardest by the struggling economy.